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Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 2 Samuel 23:4 KJV Translation: And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. NKJV Translation: And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Standard Sunday School Lesson Outline

January 12 Lesson 7 LIVING AS GOD’S PEOPLE
DEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 18:21–35 BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Luke 6:12–49

LUKE 6:12, 13, 17–31
KEY VERSE"Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you."—Luke 6:27


LESSON AIMS
After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:
1. List several qualities or characteristics of the disciples of Jesus from Luke 6.
2. Compare and contrast the behaviors cited under the blessings and woes of Luke 6:20–26 with what contemporary culture considers to be “the good life.”
3. Role-play a Christian response to an insult or injury by an unbeliever.



LESSON OUTLINE
Introduction       A.      Cheek-Turning
      B.      Lesson Background
          I.      Praying and Choosing (LUKE 6:12, 13)
      A.      Night (v. 12)
      B.      Day (v. 13)
The Church That Didn't Believe in Prayer
  II.      Healing and Teaching (LUKE 6:17–31)
      A.      Setting (v. 17a)
      B.      Expectations (vv. 17b–19)
      C.      Blessings (vv. 20–23)
    …

Sunday School Lesson

Lesson January 12, 2014 Living as God’s PeopleLuke 6:12-49This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD.______
By Sam E. StoneLuke does not specify the time and place when Jesus delivered the message we study today. It possibly could be the same lesson known as the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5–7). It is also possible that it is a different message delivered at a different time but containing some basic themes and illustrations that are also found in the other. Regardless, this message has one main emphasis—living as God’s people.

Praying and Choosing
Luke 6:12, 13 In Luke 6 the scene changes from the synagogue where Jesus healed on the Sabbath to a mountain where he went out to pray. There he spent the night praying to God. In the morning the Master chose 12 disciples whom he designated as apostles (vv. 13-16). An apostle simply means “one sent” (compare2 Corinthians 8:23; Philippians 2:25). After his resurrecti…

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 | EPIPHANY
BAPTISM OFTHE LORD
YEAR A

 Old Testament Isaiah 42:1–9
   Psalm   Psalm 29 (UMH 761)
 New Testament Acts 10:34–43
       Gospel     Matthew 3:13–17


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 | EPIPHANY
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
On the same date: The Baptism of Our Lord

 Old Testament   1 Kings 8:6–13
   Psalm Psalm 50:1–15
   Epistle Romans 12:1–5
     Gospel Luke 2:41–52


Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 | EPIPHANY
BAPTISM OFTHE LORD
First Sunday After the Epiphany
YEAR A

 Old Testament  Isaiah 42:1–9
   Psalm   Psalm 29
     New Testament Acts 10:34–43
         Gospel Matthew 3:13–17


Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 | EPIPHANY
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
YEAR A

Psalm       Psalm 89:1–29 or Psalm 89:20–29
             First Reading       Isaiah 42:1–9
             Second Reading       Acts 10:34–38
Gospel       Matthew 3:13–17


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 12
Fear GodEcclesiastes 5:1–7
In Ecclesiastes 5, the author stops to consider God’s place in the heavens and our place on earth. He acknowledges that there is a great gulf of understanding between who God is and who we think He is. This realization should affect our entire posture before Him.

“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God,” he says. “Do not be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.” Don’t attempt to offer the “sacrifice of fools” with your lips, or even your heart, he adds. Instead, we should come prepared to listen (Eccl 5:1–3).

Coming to God ready to listen doesn’t mean neglecting to bring our troubles or needs before Him. He wants us to do this—but not rashly. Rather, we should offer acknowledgement that He guides our lives. Like Rachel and Leah, in Genesis 30, we may sometimes use God to justify the pursuit of our own goals, rather than seek wisdom and guidance from Him.

It’…